RICHMOND (WRIC)—When he was just 6 years old, Aiden Thompson started the Love Care and Joy Foundation, which gives toys to hospitalized children.
Thompson, now 9, held a fundraiser for his organization on Saturday, and says he will visit two local hospitals on Christmas Day.
"We're fundraising money and toys to make gift bags for the sick children in the hospital," Thompson said.
Thompson has given back to the community a lot for someone so young; he came to his mother with the idea three years ago, and it has become a great success.
"Had about maybe 22 children that was admitted to the hospital that day, and we was able to give gift bags to every one," said Thompson's mother, Shanika Hill.
Since then, Thompson has helped nearly 2,000 patients throughout Central Virginia. His story compelled the brand-new Rocketts Art Studios to hold a raffle to support the boy's efforts.
"I was so impressed by what I heard about Aiden and the work that he's done that I was right on board with it," said Robin Grabinska of Rockett's Art Studios. "I just think it's amazing that such a young boy has such a big heart."
Now Thompson is gathering everything he can to make his Christmas deadline.
"It made me feel happy," he said. "And it made the sick children in the hospital feel happy, so that they would not be sad."
"Aiden is an extraordinary little boy and I'm proud of him," his mother said. "This was his idea and I'm gonna support him in whatever he decides to do with Love Care and Joy."
Thompson will be at both Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU on Christmas Day.
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